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A huge German beer festival is taking over Hatch this weekend

Hatch will be transformed into an Oktoberfest-inspired  “bier hall'' for the weekend, with long tables, bunting, music, sausages, keg cracking and lots of German beer

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 5th October 2021

As October ushers in the start of Autumn, it also brings with it the delights of Oktoberfest – a brilliant German beer festival with over 200 years of history behind it.

Plenty of places in the city are getting involved in the festival this year, including Manchester’s independent shipping container village Hatch – who are encouraging food and drink lovers to grab their lederhosen and get ready to celebrate Oompah-style with them under the fairy lights.

In what will be Hatch’s first urban Oktoberfest, the destination will be transformed into an Oktoberfest-inspired ‘bier hall’ this weekend – bringing long tables, bunting, music, sausages, keg cracking and lots of German beer (naturally).

Image: Grandad’s Sausages

Hatch favourites Grandad’s sausages will be on hand with German-inspired currywurst, or if that’s not your style, there’s a huge range of other traders to choose from including Abeja Tapas Bar, Fuku, T’arricrii, Hanoi 75 and Oh My Cheesecake.

Drinks-wise, the Hatch bars will be serving up a range of Bavarian beers especially for the weekend, including a host of brews from Bavarian craft specialists ABK. Stocking ABK’s full range, drinkers can try the brewer’s helle, edel, dunkel, festbier, radler beers across the weekend and more.


The stage, meanwhile, will welcome live Bavarian music throughout the day courtesy of Oompah group Brasswurst. Mixing up traditional German drinking songs with iconic modern pop tunes, with hosting duties performed by Madame Von Spowitch, you already know it’s going to be a belting weekend.

Image: Hatch

Tucked under the Mancunian way, Hatch has also invited some special, lederhosen-wearing guests to roam about throughout the weekend and keep their Oktoberfest revellers entertained.


If you’re staying into the evening, DJs will take over the entertainment side of things as the sun goes down – pulling out some big, anthemic selections perfect for toasting tankards and dancing the night away.

Taking place this weekend from 12 pm until late across Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October, Oktoberfest at Hatch is free entry but booking is advised. Book yours here.

Feature image – Hatch